length ball, swung wide of mid-on out to Rao and Deccan have won!
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the winners of the 2009 IPL - the Deccan Chargers! The whole team runs out and storms the field and what scenes in Johannesburg, one of the greatest venues in world cricket. All the Deccan players and support staff are cock-a-hoop, whooping it up like school kids on the last day of exams. Hats off to them. They finished last in 2008 and have now won the trophy. Really amazing stuff from them. RP Singh bowled a good last over. He still keeps the purple cap. The two teams line up to shake hands. Gilchrist leads Deccan on a lap of victory. The crowd laps it up. Bangalore walk off looking gutted. Poor Kumble. He bowled superbly, taking four wickets, and Deccan were kept to 143. It looked an achievable target but Bangalore's batsmen fell to a mixture of good bowling and reckless shots. Dravid, Roelof and Taylor all fell to loose shots. PK did too but he's not a batsman. Kumble looks very crestfallen.
This wasn't an easy track to bat on. In the end you can look back and see Gibbs innings in perspective. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't massive, he made a few strange calls in the last over but he hung on and helped Deccan to 143. Bangalore just failed to chase it. Early wickets put pressure on the middle order. You have to say Symonds double blow - the second down to excellent work from Gilchrist - and Harmeet's wickets and outstanding catch were key moments. Champion moments and the champions of IPL 2009 stand deserving winners. The whole team is ecstatic and why not? Who gave them a chance?
Bangalore played very, very well to make the final. Poor start to the tournament but they were rallied by Kumble, still a legend. Bangalore won five in a row to come here. Just wasn't there day. But they've been fun to track over the last 37 days. They will not be forgotten. They were second last in 2008. Amazing turnaround.
Lalit Modi comes to the podium to thank South Africa. Then comes the President of South Africa. Pardon me as I skip them and wait for the post-match presentation ceremony.
Modi is still talking. Hang in there. I'll get you the Man of the Match and such.
Yup, still going strong. I wonder if they will even announce the Man of the Match or give the captains a chance to speak. Akon, Katrina Kaif and some other entertainers are due up.
Modi has gone. There's a fancy sound and light presentation going on. Smoke billowing. All rather plush. Loud cheer as Akon steps onto the stage. He's performing Smack That. Be careful, Katrina. Its the death of cricket as we know it. Akon lip-synching at the final of a tournament. I've seen it all now. Match is over ages ago and no chance for the captains to speak or see who the Man of the Match and the Series are. Smack that and all. I feel like a relic right now.
Well folks, its been a pleasure having your company this evening. I don't know how much longer this will go on and I have a flight to catch. Apologies for not being able to bring you the post-match ceremony with the captains and the stars of the match. But such are the times now. Akon instead of Gilchrist and Kumble.
Thanks for tuning in and thanks for being there with us all tournament. On behalf of everyone who brought you the live scoring and commentary of the tournament, this is Jamie Alter saying goodnight and good luck.
Eight to win from one ball ... the crowd is alive ... Deccan have done it ...
full ball outside leg stump, Uthappa swings and cannot connect, the ball brushes his pads and runs down to fine leg for four but thats not enough for Bangalore
fuller ball outside off stump, swung along the ground wide of mid-on and Rao fields down at mid-on, Uthappa comes back on strike
walks across and tries the paddle but he was looking somewhere else, not in position to play that, not a good shot at all and the ball rolls back down the track to RP
Gilchrist comes up to the stumps ... third man is moved finer ...
walks down and swings, cannot connect, the ball hits his thigh and rolls to the off side, Kumble starts off but gets sent back ... thats a dot ball
Nervous faces in the dug out. Gilchrist has a long chat with RP. Uthappa breathes deeply.
back of a length outside off stump, Kumble slaps the ball to cover and sets off, he has to then dive to make his ground and does well stretch himself
Ooof. I'm sapped. Great catch. The batsmen have crossed. Kumble will face. They need 15 off six balls.
brilliant catch, and I mean brilliant, and whats more the batsmen have crossed! Vinay gets right across his stumps and paddles the ball, makes good contact but Harmeet Singh runs in from fine leg and holds a stunner inches off the ground, catches win matches, put them down at your peril is the old saying and this young man has held his nerves excellently to hold on
not the yorker he was aiming at, its a low full toss which Uthappa flicks to Rao at midwicket for a quick single
amazing shot! Length ball, not what you need to bowl at this stage, Uthappa walks down and absolutely smokes that over long-on for six
Fine leg up. Deep backward square comes finer. Cover point comes in on the ropes.
pitches on a length outside off stump and Vinay pushes it to point and sets off, smart single gets Uthappa back on strike
thats the length, just full and searching for the yorker outside off stump, Vinay cannot connect and Gilchrist collects the ball
good shot under pressure! Harris bangs it in short and wide, Vinay makes room and slaps the poor ball over backward point and gets a crucial boundary
Its now 27 from 12 for Bangalore. Harris comes back for his last over. Deccan need two wickets. Kumble has his helmet on and is standing up. Looks rather tense.
takes a step down, RP pitches it outside leg stump and the ball brushes the pads and rolls to square leg, the batsmen cross for a leg bye
much shorter in length, starts to angle across, Uthappa gets over the bounce and gently drops the ball down in front of backward point and calls Vinay across
slower ball, on a good length, turned straight to midwicket, dot ball!
Uthappa has a long chat with Vinay. Uthappa is their only chance.
serves up a full toss outside off which is pushed down to long-off
nerves! VInay walks across the sticks and goes for the paddle but cannot connect, the ball rolls off his pads, RP swoops in and under-arms it back but cannot hit the stumps
too straight, Uthappa turns it past midwicket and gets a single
Gilchrist turns back to RP Singh. Bangalore need 31 from 18.
lovely dip, pitches and turns away but Vinay plays that rather well, waiting for the turn and then opening the face at the last second to guide the ball down to third man
flatter and quicker on off stump, Uthappa runs it down to backward point
Over 20 • RCB 137/9Chargers won by 6 runs
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|RE van der Merwe||stumped||32||21|
|RV Uthappa||not out||17||15|
|R Vinay Kumar||caught||8||8|
|A Kumble||not out||1||1|
|Extras||(lb 9, w 1)|
|Total||137(9 wkts; 20 ovs)|